While no one can ‘heal’ a split end, it is possible to minimise their appearance and prevent the issue from recurring. Read on to learn how to prevent split ends by following a few do’s and don’ts, and discover the Kérastase Résistance range of strand-fortifying hair care.
What are split ends?
It’s safe to say that almost everyone with a head of hair has experienced spilt ends, but do you know how they happen within the hair shaft? Split ends happen when the protective outer layer of the hair (called the cuticle) becomes weakened and worn away due to chemical processing, heat styling and general wear. When the hair’s inner protein core is left exposed, it’s vulnerable to splitting. Despite the name, split ends are more like a jagged splintering of the hair’s core.
Split ends do’s and don’ts
The best way to get rid of split ends is to prevent them. With these easy-to-follow do’s and don’ts, you’ll be well equipped to maintain silky smooth strands, minus the damage.
Do: be gentle when brushing your hair
Styling your hair can become a hurried process, especially in the morning. However, caring for your precious strands can be done by brushing through your hair slowly and gently. Physical stress on the hair is a huge cause of breakage, so taking an extra second to focus on brushing the hair with proper care can make all the difference. Forcing a hairbrush through knots and tangles makes a distinct catching sound, so aiming for silence is key for a gentle brushing process. If your hair is very tangled, be sure to start from the bottom and move slowly upwards as you detangle.
Don’t: overuse tight hairstyles
There’s nothing quite like the glamour of a slick high pony or bun, but it pays to be cautious when it comes to overusing tight hairstyles. These elegant styles are totally okay to use from time to time but crafting the exact same pony every day will put repeated pressure on the part of your hair bound by an elastic. Eventually, you’ll see unwanted breakage. The solution? Reserve tighter hairstyles for special occasions and opt for softer, hair-friendly ties.
Do: get frequent trims
Perhaps the simplest way to prevent split ends is to commit to regular trims at the salon. Once hair becomes a little damaged with a few split ends, it becomes more difficult to brush. As we know, vigorous brushing can easily create further split ends, so it’s best to halt the process by keeping your locks properly trimmed. We recommend a trim every 6-8 weeks to maintain sleek, healthy hair.
Don’t: tie up wet hair
After a long day and a warm shower, it can be incredibly tempting sweep your hair up into a bun while it’s still wet. In our expert opinion, don’t give in! Wet hair is far more delicate and easily damaged than dry hair, so that slick, convenient up do could lead to split ends or even breakage. Even worse, your hair contracts slightly as it dries, so a tight ponytail or bun could put increasing pressure on your hair follicles over time.
Reach new lengths with our Résistance range
Our tailor-made Kérastase Résistance range brings intense resilience to damaged, over-treated hair prone to split ends. This luxurious range of shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments help your hair reach new lengths by strengthening hair fibres and revitalising fragile strands. Here’s a breakdown of how selected Résistance products nourish your hair and help protect against future damage.
Résistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo
Designed to support long, strong lengths, our Résistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo strengthens and fortifies hair for reduced breakage. The bespoke formula is enriched with Pro-Keratin to mimic the function of natural keratin to rebuild the hair. Apply to damp hair, gently emulsify the shampoo, massage into the scalp, then rinse thoroughly.shop now
Résistance Bain Extentioniste Conditioner
Experience a creamy yet light textured indulgent formula with our Résistance Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner. This intensely restorative hair conditioner features Acid Maleic to imbue damaged brittle ends with active healing molecules to strengthen the lengths of the hair. A formula like this is essential to enable you to gently yet efficiently detangle and comb through the hair without sparking breakage. Apply this instant infusion conditioner to shampooed and towel dried hair. Let the Acid Maleic strengthen your strands for 1-2 minutes, before rinsing thoroughly.shop now
Résistance Extentioniste Hair Mask
If your hair has a lot of split ends or is otherwise in need of some serious support, try our Résistance Extentioniste Hair Mask. This deep restorative mask will leave damaged, brittle hair shiny and soft to the touch through the power of fortifying ingredients. The star of this formula is Creatine R, an exclusive complex composed of Creatine and Ceramide. These amino acids and lipids reinforce the hair’s internal structure while also aiding surface recovery. Apply to shampooed hair after towelling dry and let the mask nourish your hair for 5 minutes. Emulsify and rinse thoroughly.shop now
Résistance Serum Extentioniste Scalp Repair Serum
Indulge your hair from the scalp down with our Résistance Serum Extentioniste Scalp Repair Serum. This non-greasy serum can be left in to help protect the scalp against environmental aggressors such as pollution and harsh weather. As a serum, this formula is intensely concentrated to fortify the hair and reduce split ends and breakage. By targeting the scalp with purifying and protective ingredients, this serum supports your hair health from all angles. As with our mask, this serum contains a highly concentrated dose of Ceramide and Creatine to further fortify damaged strands.shop now
Is your split end prone hair in need of an immediate salon transformation? Our luxurious Fusio-Dose salon treatment creates lasting results with boosters chosen based on your personal hair care diagnosis. Read our full guide, At the Salon: Fusio-Dose to learn more.